What You Should Know About Minor in Possession Charges in FL

Please read on, then contact an experienced Pensacola minor in possession lawyer to learn what you should know about minor in possession charges in FL.

What constitutes minor in possession charges in FL?

In the state of Florida, it is a crime for a person under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcohol. A minor caught in possession of alcohol may be charged with a first-degree or second-degree misdemeanor. This charge will depend on the facts and circumstances of the case. All beverages with more than 0.5 percent of alcohol are classified as alcoholic drinks in the Sunshine State. These beverages may not be in the minor’s hands, car, residence, handbag or any other place connoting possession.

What are the penalties for minor in possession charges in FL?

The underlying policy of these minor in possession statutes is deterrence. As such, the maximum penalties may seem quite harsh. The penalties for such convictions are as follows:

  • First-offense minor in possession: A second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
  • Second-offense minor in possession: A  first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Being caught with a fake ID: A possible felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Convictions for any of the above-listed offenses will likely come with a suspension of the minor’s driver’s license for a period ranging from 6 months to 2 years. Given the life-altering consequences of these charges, you or your parent or legal guardian should reach out to a skilled Escambia County criminal defense lawyer today.

Why should you hire James M. Burns, Esq.?

With more than twenty years of experience handling these and countless other criminal cases, attorney James M. Burns, Esq. will look at the particulars of your unique case, weighing all the evidence for and against you, then provide you with guidance specifically tailored for your circumstances. Whether you agree to a plea deal or choose to fight the charges, he will work to mitigate or eliminate an unfavorable outcome. Remember the intent is to deter you or your child from ever doing this again, so the prosecutors will do everything in their power to punish you. That is why you should not hesitate to call us today.


For decades, the Law Office of James M. Burns has helped countless people through a wide array of legal issues, including those involving criminal law, family law, personal injury law, and will & probate law. If require the assistance of a competent legal team that can effectively guide you through each phase of your legal matter, you’ve come to the right place. Contact the Law Office of James M. Burns today to schedule your initial consultation.

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